7 April 2012


The words that will touch the Heart of God - Extracted from Matthew, Chapter 6: 7-15


Jesus said:


‘In your prayers do not babbles as the pagans do, for they think that by using many words they will make themselves heard.


Do not be like them; your Father knows what you need before you ask him.


So you should pray like this:


‘Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;


thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.


Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us;


and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.


Yes, if you forgive others their failings, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours; but if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive your failings either.


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The Lord will give justice & saving help – Extracted from Psalm 85


1 [For the choirmaster Of the sons of Korah Psalm] Yahweh, you are gracious to your land, you bring back the captives of Jacob,


2 you take away the guilt of your people, you blot out all their sin.


3 You retract all your anger, you renounce the heat of your fury.


4 Bring us back, God our Saviour, appease your indignation against us!


5 Will you be angry with us for ever? Will you prolong your wrath age after age?


6 Will you not give us life again, for your people to rejoice in you?


7 Show us, Lord, your faithful love, grant us your saving help.


8 I am listening. What is God's message? Yahweh's message is peace for his people, for his faithful, if only they renounce their folly.


9 His saving help is near for those who fear him, his glory will dwell in our land.


10 Mercy and faithfulness have met, Saving Justice and Peace embrace.


11 Faithfulness shall spring from the earth, and Justice look down from heaven.


12 The Lord will make us prosper, and our soil will yield its harvest.


13 Justice shall march before Him and peace shall follow His steps.



Fatherly Advice- Extracted from Ecclesiasticus / Sirach, Chapter 11:


Do not go by appearances


1 Wisdom enables the poor to stand erect, and gives to the poor a place with the great.


2 Do not praise anyone for good looks, nor dislike anyone for mere appearance.


3 Small among winged creatures is the bee but her produce is the sweetest of the sweet.


4 Do not grow proud when people honour you; for the works of the Lord are wonderful but hidden from human beings.


5 Many monarchs have been made to sit on the ground, and the person nobody thought of has worn the crown.


6 Many influential people have been utterly disgraced, and prominent people have fallen into the power of others.


Deliberation and reflection


7 Do not find fault before making thorough enquiry; first reflect, then give a reprimand.


8 Listen before you answer, and do not interrupt a speech before it is finished.


9 Do not wrangle about something that does not concern you, do not interfere in the quarrels of sinners.


10 My child, do not take on a great amount of business; if you multiply your interests, you are bound to suffer for it; hurry as fast as you can, yet you will never arrive, nor will you escape by running away.


11 Some people work very hard at top speed, only to find themselves falling further behind.


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13 August 2011


He will reward each one - Extracted from Matthew, Chapter 16:


24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me.


25 Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.


26 What, then, will anyone gain by winning the whole world and forfeiting his life? Or what can anyone offer in exchange for his life?


27 'For the Son of man is going to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will reward each one according to his behaviour.


28 In truth I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of man coming with his kingdom.'



The Lord is in the gentle breeze - Extracted from 1 Kings 19: 9, 11-13


When Elijah reached Horeb, the mountain of the God, he went into the cave and spent the night in it.


Then he was told, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord.’ Then the Lord himself went by.


There came a mighty wind, so strong it tore the mountains and shattered the rocks before the Lord. But the Lord was not in the wind.


After the wind came an earthquake. But the Lord was not in the earthquake.


After the earthquake came a fire. But the Lord was not in the fire.


And after the fire there came the sound of a gentle breeze. And when Elijah heard this, he covered his face with his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.




Walking on water – Extracted from Matthew, Chapter 14:


22 Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he sent the crowds away.


23 After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,


24 while the boat, by now some furlongs from land, was hard pressed by rough waves, for there was a head-wind.


25 In the fourth watch of the night he came towards them, walking on the sea,


26 and when the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. 'It is a ghost,' they said, and cried out in fear.


27 But at once Jesus called out to them, saying, 'Courage! It's me! Don't be afraid.'


28 It was Peter who answered. 'Lord,' he said, 'if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water.'


29 Jesus said, 'Come.' Then Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water,


30 but then noticing the wind, he took fright and began to sink. 'Lord,' he cried, 'save me!'


31 Jesus put out his hand at once and held him. 'You have so little faith,' he said, 'why did you doubt?'


32 And as they got into the boat the wind dropped.


33 The men in the boat bowed down before him and said, 'Truly, you are the Son of God.'


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